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Question from Website Question: My girlfriend is very resistant about the idea of reconstruction. How can I get her to explore all the options?
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. There are a percentage of patients who prefer not to have reconstruction, and that may be the correct option for them. Also, reconstruction can be pursued at any time. So if she doesn't have reconstruction and several years later feels that she wants to, the option is open to her. Right now, your girlfriend needs to be free to explore or not to explore, as she wishes.
Marc Silver That's something husbands need to understand as well. They should not pressure their wife to have reconstruction, because it's her decision, and she's the boss.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Family and Loved Ones featured Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W., author Marc Silver, and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about the issues surrounding family members and caregivers living with and caring for women affected by breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2004.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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